Infant sleeping in crib

ABC’s of Safe Sleep

A - Alone in crib
B - Back to sleep
C - Crib empty of all objects 

Please remember to practice safe sleep by:

  • Placing the baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night
  • Keeping soft objects, toys, and loose bedding and blankets out of your baby’s sleep area and keep all other items away from your baby’s face
  • Don’t use pillows, blankets, quilts, sheepskins, or pillow-like crib bumpers in your baby’s sleep area

Remember Tummy Time

Put a thin blanket on a clean floor. When baby is awake and someone is watching, place baby on his or her stomach.

Tummy time is important because it:

  • Helps prevent flat spots on back of baby’s head
  • Makes neck and shoulder muscles strong so baby can start to sit up, crawl, and walk. Develops coordination and motor skills.
  • Helps baby learn to play and interact with his or her surroundings

Blankets are for tummy time, NOT FOR SLEEP.

For more information about Safe Sleep, log onto www.nich.nih.gov/STS or ask your pediatrician.

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